Enjoy this lemongrass ginger tea when in need of a fresh and aromatic drink. It has a great soothing effect and also is packed with amazing citrusy flavors. Easy and done within 15 minutes, plus it is caffeine-free and can be enjoyed either warm or iced.
We have been loving this simple tea so much recently. I often enjoy a warm lavender milk tea to wind down at the end of the day, but this fresh lemongrass tea now has the spotlight.
It is a homemade tea that's made using fresh lemongrass, ginger and lemon. It is amazing enjoyed warm and provides such a great cozy effect during winter season, rainy days or whenever you feel under the weather. I also love its incredible soothing effect that has that good-for-you self care vibe. Plus, it is packed with aromatic citrusy flavors that are very satisfying.
It actually tastes pretty complex in flavor, even tough it can be made super quickly and following only a few straight forward steps. You will only need a small handful of ingredients to make it and you can easily adjust the flavor or personalize with other spices or steep in caffeinated teas.
I also love to make more and then let it cool down in the fridge. I can then sip on a refreshing citrusy iced tea during the week.
Why you'll love this recipe
- Ultra simple and quick to make
- Can be enjoyed warm vs iced
- Perfect drink to help you relax your mind
- Packed with citrusy flavor with a subtle spicy kick from the ginger
- Caffeine-free and refined sugar-free
- Good-for-you and known to provide some health benefits
Health benefits of lemongrass and ginger tea
I think that the 'placebo' effect from that tea has the best health benefits for me. Meaning that sipping on it forces me to sit down, relax, hydrate and feel like I'm doing something for me (a mom of 2 kids under 5 year old talking over here 🙂 ).
That being said, even though there are no studies that are clear on that, some believes/found out that lemongrass tea have lots of health benefits such as anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, lowering cholesterol effects and more.
Ginger has also been used to treat many ailments for centuries, such as nausea, arthritis and to help regulate blood sugar.
Lemongrass and ginger are without any doubt good-for-you ingredients, but again, studies are often done on extra concentrated lemongrass and ginger extract and it would be hard to consume the same level of active ingredients by drinking tea.
Ingredients you'll need
- Lemongrass stalk: look in the fresh herb section in your grocery store. It should come in a package of 3-4 stalks or even more (you will need only one), so don't hesitate to make a larger amount of tea and store in the fridge if you are worried to have the other stalks go to waste.
- Fresh ginger: you will need a fresh ginger root for this recipe. Look in the produce section as well.
- Fresh lemon: add more citrusy flavor to the tea. Lime juice would work too or even orange.
- Sweetener: I used maple syrup, but any other kind of sweetener will work. You actually might not even need to sweeten your tea depending on your taste.
How to make it
Prepare the lemongrass and ginger
Start by peeling the ginger (I use a small spoon that I rub against the root). Then, roughly slice the root. You will need about 1 inch total of ginger for this recipe, but feel free to use more for an extra kick in ginger-y flavor.
Also, remove the thicker layer surrounding your lemongrass stalk and discard.
Then, using something heavy, bruise both the ginger and lemongrass stalk. It is fine if they break a little, keep all the broken pieces to make your tea.
Simmer and strain
In a small pot, add the bruised ginger and lemongrass and pour the water over. Cover and bring to a low simmer. Keep simmering for about 10 minutes (or longer for a stronger tea).
Once done, strain your tea using a fine mesh colander or a French press.
Adjust flavor and serve
To the strained tea, add the lemon juice and sweetener to taste. Serve right away while still warm or let it cool down at room temperature and then chill in the fridge to make iced lemongrass tea.
Watch how to make it
Variations to the recipe
You can personalize this tea recipe in so many ways! Here are a few ideas:
- Add a cinnamon stick to the pot while simmering the tea.
- Add fresh herbs such as basil or mint for a refreshing effect. This would be amazing if making iced tea. In that case, simmer and strain the tea as described and then, add the fresh herbs to the tea while it chills in the fridge.
- To add more powerful healthy benefits to your tea, also include a small piece of turmeric root while simmering.
- For an energizing concoction, steep some caffeinated green tea or black tea leaves in the ginger-lemongrass tea as well.
Once the tea has cooled down, simply keep in an air-tight container in the fridge for a few days. From there, you can either enjoy leftover tea over ice cubes for a cooling effect or simply warm up on the stove (or even microwave). Leftovers should stay pretty good for a few days.
No. For best result, you will need to use the fresh roots. You can peel and slice ginger roots ahead of time and then freeze the pieces in a container to be able to make fresh ginger tea any time (or to use in cooking).
No. It is safe to enjoy just before bedtime and to share with kids too.
It can have a brown hue, depending on the ginger and lemongrass you used. Also, the more you simmer/steep them, the more brownish/hazy it will turn. It is fine! It just means your tea will have a stronger taste.
Other tea recipes you might like
I hope you like this easy lemongrass tea as much as we do! If you try it, please leave a comment below and rate the recipe to let me know how it was. Your feedback is so helpful!
Lemongrass Ginger Tea with Lemon
- 1 lemongrass stalk
- 1 inch fresh ginger root
- 2 cups water
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- ½-1 tbsp maple syrup or other sweetener - optional, to taste
- Remove the thick outer layer of the lemongrass stalk and gently bruise/crush it using something heavy (I like to use the back of my knife). Peel the ginger and roughly slice it. Also bruise the slices slightly.
- In a small pot, combine the water with the bruised ginger and lemongrass. Cover and bring to a boil, then turn down the heat to medium low. Let it simmer, covered, for about 10-15 minutes. The longer you simmer, the stronger the tea will be.
- Remove from the heat and strain the tea using a fine-mesh colander or French press. Add the lemon juice and maple syrup to taste and stir. Pour into cups right away to enjoy warm or chill in the fridge and serve over ice cubes for an iced tea.
- Keep leftovers in the fridge in an air-tight container for a few days. Either reheat on the stove or using the microwave or serve over iced cubes.
- Be sure to use fresh ginger and NOT powdered ginger.
- Feel free to add a cinnamon stick and/or turmeric roots when simmering the tea. If looking for a caffeinated version, then also steep some green tea or black tea leaves .